Holdin’ Hands, Helpin’ Hearts Program
The Holdin’ Hands, Helpin’ Hearts Program provides keepsake hand-prints for families of cancer patients free of charge throughout the County of Los Angeles. It helps the loved ones of cancer patients to memorialize the people they love. Our talented artists complete the design of the art piece to the specifications of the family. All of our hand-prints are crafted to last a lifetime. It is our desire to inspire families to memorialize the people they love who are being treated for cancer.
Our project manager is Lisa Barrios. She has worked closely with cancer patients and their families for over 17 years at the City of Hope in Duarte, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and local senior homes to provide these complimentary keepsake hand-prints. This compassionate and award-winning outreach has been featured by KNBC 4 and ABC 7 and honored by the City of Monrovia and the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce.
We provide a “hand” that will support cancer patients and their families with a legacy gift of remembrance.
We had no idea at that time it would be the last time Lance and his parents would be all together for a joyful photo as Lance passed away a short time later. The news crushed us and yet we realized the gift he had given us… the realization of how significant and time sensitive these ceramic pieces can be.
Holdin’ Hands, Helpin’ Hearts is honored to share this story about a brilliant child, Lance Raymond Fish July 20, 2005 - April 30, 2007
Lance was a young patient being treated at the City of Hope for cancer when we first met him. He and his mother Julie spent precious time in our art studio, Paint ‘n’ Play in Old Town Monrovia on his "good days," building memories and quality "Mommy and Me" moments. On one of his visits we watched his love for the arts in amazement as he painted a very colorful skateboard made of pottery. We decided that Lance should have his own little hand-print in clay to celebrate his life. We took the impression along with fun photos and after careful processing, we delivered the piece to Lance and his family. On delivery day we celebrated and took more photos (see below). We had no idea at that time it would be the last time Lance and his parents would be all together for a joyful photo as Lance passed away a short time later. The news crushed us and yet we realized the gift he had given us… the realization of how significant and time-sensitive these ceramic pieces can be. Through the art of pottery, the actual anatomy of a loved one can be cherished for years to come. We knew then that we must continue offering this gift of commemoration for cancer patients and especially for the families of the patients as a legacy of their loved ones. Lance has made a permanent and profound IMPRESSION on us. In his name and the many other cancer patients we have provided hand-prints for, we will remain devoted to this program.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PROGRAM SPONSORS!
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